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PamGH August 17th, 2016 4:37am

Under fed law, tax-exempt churches can not intervene in political campaigns. Ministries can speak out on moral & spiritual issues of the day, but they can't take steps to help/hurt candidates or political parties. Should this policy be reversed?

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Mark3
08/18/16 2:39 am

It's a good thing there was a period in our history when churches were very involved in politics.

teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/24635

These pastors were hunted by the British, and their churches burned.

There should be no government establishment of religion, but have no doubt that the freedoms of US citizens, freedoms that hugely transformed the world, were broadcast from and espoused by Protestant pulpits.

AmericanWolf For the Benefit of All
08/17/16 8:44 pm

I would support reversing it. I see no reason why such a fundamental element of society shouldn't have some role in the government, even if it is merely influential.

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MrTony Colorado
08/17/16 8:26 pm

Don't reverse it, start enforcing it!

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tech24073
08/17/16 7:52 pm

I am all about the pay to play system.

fcdrvr
08/17/16 7:50 pm

Yet every church around here is a polling place. Separate church and state!

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CPORetired
08/17/16 6:03 pm

Politics has no business in the church. That is one reason why we have a separation of church and state.

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Okie1967 Lets go brandon
08/17/16 4:37 pm

Dumb policy. Churches shouldn't be bridled in any way.

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BigPhatPastor Jefferson Hills, PA
08/17/16 1:00 pm

Only because other tax exempt non profits like unions and the NFL can do this. Either all non profits can or none can.

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theNobamist Silicon Valley
08/17/16 11:49 am

Looks like Sharpton and Jackson have a lot of shutting-up to do!!!

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ronderman North Carolina
08/17/16 11:19 am

Not reversed. . .enforced!

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rons Thanks America
08/17/16 6:37 am

The Rev Sharpton and Jackson seem pretty involved.

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thatguy2 We tried to warn you
08/17/16 5:28 am

The rule is unenforced. Time to end their tax exempt status.

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RB20 Indiana
08/17/16 12:27 pm

Well looks like they get to intervene then right sport?

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
08/17/16 12:31 pm

They already do, sweetie, in violation of the law.

RB20 Indiana
08/17/16 12:32 pm

So just enforce the law, right champ?

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
08/17/16 12:34 pm

It would be nice, cupcake. Won't happen. Religious organizations shouldn't be tax exempt regardless.

RB20 Indiana
08/17/16 12:36 pm

All charities are and they're also a charity but good try buddy. Their main motive is not profit

Mark3
08/17/16 5:04 am

The pulpit is a vital part of the existence of the US.

Mark3
08/17/16 5:09 am

For instance:

teachinghistory.org/history-content/ask-a-historian/24635

These pastors were hunted by the British, and their churches burned.

There should be no government establishment of religion, but have no doubt that the freedoms of US citizens, freedoms that hugely transformed the world, were broadcast from and espoused by Protestant pulpits.

Mark3
08/17/16 9:55 am

And the reason you're not seeing any rebuttal of the above is because there's no denying it.

Malekithe My pronouns are GFY
08/17/16 2:30 am

Yes. And they should be taxed

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Mark3
08/17/16 5:03 am

Washington does not need more money, it needs fewer people.

getupbaby South City
08/17/16 6:27 am

Replace "Washington" with "mega churches" and it would be equally true. No offense to genuine Christians, but how can they not at mega churches as get rich quick schemes?

Mark3
08/17/16 9:54 am

Rephrase the last so it is understandable please.

getupbaby South City
08/17/16 10:02 am

How can they not look at mega churches as a get rich quick scheme. They have tax exempt knock offs Starbucks, bible gift shops... That's the kind of thing Jesus warned against when he beat the merchants in the temple.

Mark3
08/17/16 10:11 am

Don't make me defend mega-churches. I know them as usurpers of local churches, the reason so many small churches are going bankrupt. Smaller churches are largely unable to provide the same level of entertainment or the same number of programs.

But it all makes economic sense. There is an economy of scale that applies to a place of worship. And it's not as if I don't know dedicated and devout Christians who attend mega-churches.

Jesus and the money changers? Yeah, and Pharisees too. They've always been with us, but that's no reason to tax them. Just church bashing?

Mark3
08/17/16 10:16 am

And thanks for the clarification, but I don't know one person who's become rich at any of the mega-churches I have experience of. On the other hand I know of one nationwide and one worldwide charity and relief program started and run by mega-churches that put government programs to shame.

ronderman North Carolina
08/17/16 11:22 am

Getup, please be careful painting all mega churches with the same brush. While some do have traits you described, others use that money to give to and to provide for other people both here and abroad.

getupbaby South City
08/17/16 12:11 pm

I have no problem with Christianity as a faith. Christians are some of the nicest people you can meet. Mega churches, by and large, offer nothing a town church can't offer. The only thing that's different is the profit margins? Ever seen Benny Hinn's house? Joel Olsteen's? They live in mansions. According to the bible, this atheist writing this has a better chance at getting into heaven, and people put their trust in them to guide them to heaven. It's literally (if you take the bible literally) an abomination.